Animal Species:Southern Myotis

Southern Myotis's can hibernate during winter. They are also known as fishing bats.

Southern Myotis on rock

A Young © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Southern Myotis

Alternative Name/s

Fishing bats; Large-footed Myotis

Habitat

Southern Myotis's roost in tree hollows, caves, mines, culverts and under briddges, often close to water. Sometimes they are found roosting in roofs and ceilings. Usually ten to fifteen bats, though sometimes up to 100 bats, roost together in a colony.

Feeding and Diet

Southern Myotis's feed on aquatic insects and small fish. They fly close to the surface of rainforest streams or large lakes and reservoirs. To catch their prey, they rake the water with the curved claws on their large feet.

Mating and reproduction

Female Southern Myotis's can breed once a year and produce one baby.

Conservation Status

Southern Myotis's are vulnerable to destruction of roost sites in caves by mining, tree hollows by clearing, disturbance by human visitors to cave roosts, changes to feeding areas by forestry and agricultural activities and pollution of rivers.

Classification

Species:
macropus
Genus:
Myotis
Family:
Vespertilionidae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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